MILWAUKEE (AP) — Damian Miller hit his first homer of the season, a three-run shot that sailed into the Milwaukee bullpen in the 11th inning and lifted the Brewers over the Houston Astros 6-3 Wednesday.
The Brewers finished up an 8-1 homestand, won for the 12th time in 14 games overall and improved the NL’s best record to 46-32.
Houston went 2-7 on its road trip, and was swept by Milwaukee in a three-game series for the first time.
Miller launched a one-out homer to left-center field that was speared on the fly by Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel. Miller hit the second game-ending home run of his career, with the other coming in 2000 for Arizona.
With one out in the 11th, Bill Hall doubled off the wall in left-center — he stood at the plate for a moment, watching the ball fly, and had to hustle into second.
After Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked, Miller connected off Dave Borkowski (1-3).
Dave Bush (6-6) pitched the final two innings in his first relief appearance of the season. He has made 15 starts.
Houston’s Craig Biggio, three hits shy of 3,000, did not start. He pinch-hit in the 11th and popped up a bunt on a sacrifice try.
The Astros put runners on the corners with one out in the 10th but failed to score. Chris Burke pinch-ran for Mark Loretta at third base, but was caught in a rundown on Lance Berkman’s grounder back to Bush.
Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan gave up three earned runs in six innings. He struck out a season-high seven without a walk.
Houston starter Woody Williams gave up two earned runs and six hits in six innings.
Milwaukee took a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Corey Hart extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games when he led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Prince Fielder.
Houston tied it in the sixth when Berkman hit the first pitch for his 11th home run of the season.
Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the second on run-scoring doubles by Hall and Miller.
Houston scored in the third on Loretta’s RBI single. The Astros tied it in the fourth when Eric Bruntlett singled through Suppan’s legs to score Berkman.